“You Stealing Points”: Nick Kyrgios Teases Casper Ruud Over His Recent Success in Clay Tournaments

Published 07/30/2021, 1:48 AM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 30, 2021 Australia’s Nick Kyrgios celebrates winning his first round match against France’s Ugo Humbert REUTERS/Peter Nicholls


Aussie maverick Nick Kyrgios is back on the tennis court at ATP 250 Atlanta and is also back to bantering. Earlier, he had expressed his disbelief about clay tournaments that are still going on, and now he has taken that out on Norwegian star Casper Ruud.

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After his Wimbledon opening-round exit, Ruud went on to collect the Swedish Open and Swiss Open title back-to-back. Presently, he is contesting at the Austria Open and has made it into the semifinals. Now, according to Kyrgios, the Norwegian is only stealing the points.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 29, 2021 Australia’s Nick Kyrgios reacts during his first round match against France’s Ugo Humbert REUTERS/Paul Childs

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Nick Kyrgios banters with Casper Rudd and his fan

Recently, the ATP Tour tweeted that fans could ask Kyrgios a question, and he would answer them the following week at the Citi Open. In response, Ruud put on a question and wrote, “What’s his favorite clay court tournament?”

Unsurprisingly, the 26-year-old Australian did not wait until he reached Washington D.C to respond. Instead, he gave a Kyrgios-special answer. He said, “Hahahaha, this is classic. Casper Ruud, you are a good player. But we all know you [are] stealing points through those tournaments, haha.”

Furthermore, a Ruud fan hit back at Kyrgios, stating that he’s doing the same as the 22-year-old Norwegian. Also, there seems to have been another reply that Kyrgios had originally given Ruud. However, that tweet no longer exists.

“Stealing points, I love it,” the fan wrote. “Enjoy your 250 event this week with no Top 20 players in the draw, Nick.” Naturally, the Canberra-native could not let it go.

He answered back, “Haha boss, I believe Kyrgios vs Anderson first round is a lot tougher than the majority of matches played those three weeks on clay?” The conversation did not stop there.

One thing is clear and that is that there’s not much scope of seeing Kyrgios on clay courts any time soon.

Watch this story: Underarm Tweener Serve, Forehand Winners and More: Nick Kyrgios Entertaining Showdown in Atlanta

When is Kyrgios’ next match on ATP Tour?

Kyrgios will take on recently-crowned Los Cabos champion Cameron Norrie in the pre-quarters in Atlanta. After the tournament, he will join Rafael Nadal for the Citi Open 2021.

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Nick Kyrgios of Australia (R) shakes hands with Rafael Nadal of Spain at the net following their Men’s Singles fourth round match on day eight of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Jonathan DiMaggio/Getty Images)

Seemingly, the hard court season is showing a lot of promise already. But the big question is: Who will prepare enough to lift the ultimate prize, the U.S Open 2021 title?

Do you think Kyrgios has the game to win a Grand Slam title?

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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